Practice Forgiveness

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015

let go of anger

Key Bible Verse: Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 6:12-15

Your life will become less stressful when you give up your right to anger and offense.  Forgive in the big things and the small things.  Don’t take offense.

In fact, the stuff that usually might offend us is a huge opportunity!  Jesus told us we will be forgiven as we forgive others.  Once I realized that, traffic went from being an exercise in anger to “forgiveness practice.”  Life is so much better that way. What if – just dreaming out loud, here – Christians were known as the people you couldn’t offend?

Yes, we get angry.  Can’t avoid it.  But I now know that anger can’t live here.  I can’t keep it.  I can’t try it on, can’t see how it looks.  I’m not entitled to anger, because I’m me.  I can’t handle anger.  I don’t have the strength of character to do it.  Only God does.  We can trust him with it.  Jesus gets angry, but his character is beyond question so he is entitled.

We all think that we deserve to carry anger, but it will destroy us unless we let it go.  We have to deny ourselves, die to ourselves, and surrender ourselves.  Whatever it takes.

– Brant Hansen in Unoffendable

My Response: What are some circumstances in which I can practice forgiveness?

Thought to Apply: Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. – George MacDonald (Scottish writer, poet, pastor)


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